Poems Hide #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

national poetry writing month 2018

Poems hide, I hear.

I look for them in the creaks and sighs of my old house,
in the cats curled into alphabet letters,
in the morning silence that isn’t silent at all.

I look for them in the golden grasses of the prairie,
in the mule deer that graze by the side of the road,
in the blues, pinks and oranges of a sunrise sky.

I look for them in old notebook entries,
in the words and silences of other poems,
in the dark corners of memory.

Some days, they can’t be found at all.




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17 responses to “Poems Hide #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018”

  1. arjeha Avatar

    But yet, they are still there, waiting.

  2. glenda funk Avatar
    glenda funk

    I worry I’ll have a day when I can’t find poetry. Today I’m finding it in unexpected places. I love the way Georgia Heard helps me see where poems hide. And in your poem, I love these hiding places, especially the cat poses.

  3. Adrienne Avatar

    Lovely! Poetry is often just quietly waiting for us to find it.

  4. rdicarne Avatar

    Love your poem – especially the first stanza!

  5. edifiedlistener Avatar

    “Some days, they can’t be found at all.” There is a wistfulness, a melancholy that arises in me when I read that each time. Am I sad? Might you be? Is it simply a factual statement? The point is – this final line makes the poem for me, gives it an emotional anchor that stays with me even when I’ve stopped wondering about all the hiding places of poems.

  6. Ramona Avatar

    “Poems hide . . . I look for them in the dark corners of memory.” Probably one of my favorite places to find poems. Love how you started each stanza the same and moved from your home to the natural world and finally, the world of words.

  7. mschiubookawrites Avatar

    Wow, this offers beautiful imagery. I like how you find poetry in sounds (sighs and creaks… morning silence). I agree that the ending is sad, like a day without inspiration.

  8. Wondering and Wandering Avatar

    They sure do hide at times. But when they reveal themselves, it’s magical!

  9. margaretsmn Avatar

    It was very nice of this poem to come out of hiding for the world to see.

  10. Trina Haase Avatar
    Trina Haase

    Yes! Poetry DOES hide! Isn’t that wonderful when we find Poetry in unexpected places? Sometimes I think it is a matter of taking the time to notice.

  11. Amanda Potts Avatar

    The repetition really works for me in this poem – that, and the simple diction creating clear images. And there’s something quite wonderful about a poem that reveals itself even as it claims that some days poems can’t be found. It’s wistful, this little poem – and lovely.

  12. Akilah Avatar

    Oooh, a meta poem. I like!

  13. Michelle @litlearningzone Avatar
    Michelle @litlearningzone

    Oh, but this poem was found today! Glorious to my ears and lips!

  14. cweichel Avatar

    And they are there, whether or not we can find the way to translate them into words.

  15. readingteachsu Avatar

    You find them even when you can’t. Beautifully visualized.

  16. bjdonaldson Avatar

    Beautiful! I especially like this phrase, “…creaks and sighs of my old house” and the last line. How true. I’m glad I stopped by.

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